Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 2nd Dec 2010 23:20 UTC
Multimedia, AV The sweet smell of competition is lingering in the air. That sweet smell which indicates that somewhere in the vicinity a company is working on actually improving a product so we can all benefit. This time around, it's Adobe, delivering the first Flash 10.2 beta. Prime feature? Complete hardware acceleration of the entire video pipeline - fully cross platform, cross-form factor. Cross-platform! There's a catch, though.
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There are some video sites I literally can't switch to fullscreen because the damn Flash plugin takes up so much CPU power its audio/video go off sync and responsiveness goes to hell (and they're not even high-definition video). I've been waiting for Linux hardware acceleration for a long time now, and now, there's another reason to be glad to be an nVidia user. Hopefully it gets picked up by the other two major companies soon enough though. The only problem: What the hell ever happened to the 64-bit Flash plugin for Linux?

Now hopefully Flash goes extinct before Adobe adds yet another major feature to the program, because given their past history they'll release it for Windows exclusively for at least three years before adding it to the Linux version...

Edited 2010-12-03 07:01 UTC

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